Futurist (comics)

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Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Fantastic Four #216 (Mar 1980)
Created by Marv Wolfman
John Byrne
In-story information
Alter ego Randolph James
Species human mutate
Partnerships Alpha the Ultimate Mutant
Abilities fly, superhuman mental abilities

Futurist (Randolph James) is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Publication history[edit]

The Futurist first appeared in Fantastic Four #215-216 (February–March 1980) and was created by Marv Wolfman and John Byrne.

The character subsequently appears in Quasar #14-15 (September–October 1990).

Fictional character biography[edit]

Doctor Randolph James was a scientist who evolved himself into a large-skulled, highly intelligent humanoid with great psionic abilities.

Randolph James was a classmate and friend of Reed Richards, who later became Mister Fantastic. He later became a professor and research scientist though he became somewhat unstable when his wife died.

Years later Reed and his team, the Fantastic Four came to visit Dr. James. Right after the Fantastic Four departed, a group of young thugs broke into Dr. James' home and robbed and assaulted him. Dr. James tried to call the Fantastic Four, but they were busy fighting Blastaar. Fearing his own demise, Dr. James in his desperation used his evolution-accelerator to heal the severe trauma he received. When Mister Fantastic returned, he found his friend transformed into the Futurist. The Futurist discovered the gang that had attacked him still lurking in his neighborhood, and turned them into rats.

The Futurist floated towards the Fantastic Four's headquarters, the Baxter Building, displaying his raw power along the way. Once there, Blastaar tricked the Futurist into making an alliance with him, convincing the Futurist that the Fantastic Four were dangerous and needed to be destroyed. Blaastar and the Futurist broke into the Baxter Building, placing the Invisible Woman into a deep slumber. The Futurist sensed Blastaar's evil intent, and allowed Franklin Richards to send Blastaar back to the Negative Zone with his psychic powers. The Futurist left the Earth, seeking out new vistas of exploration in outer space.[1]

Quasar briefly glimpsed the Futurist, first on the Stranger's Labworld,[2] and then during his journeys in the cosmos.[3] From what Quasar saw, the Futurist seems to be paired with another highly evolved humanoid, named Alpha the Ultimate Mutant.


  1. ^ Fantastic Four #216
  2. ^ Quasar #14
  3. ^ Quasar #15

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